Recent reports have suggested that Heidi Hankins, a four-year-old in Kindergarten, is smarter than even Einstein.
Heidi Hankins is barely out of diapers, and while she admits that she appreciates most things that young girls her age do such as Barbies and Lego, Hankins has an IQ of 159. Because most people in the world have an average score of below 100, Hankins is being touted as a kid genius.
The score however, only reflects Hankins intelligence in relevance to others within her own age group, but reveals a big potential for the future.
"All you're doing with IQ testing is testing within a certain age group," Frank Lawlis, the supervisory psychologist for American Mensa, told LiveScience. "You're saying the 4-year-old is smarter than 99.5 or 99.8 of [her] age group, but that doesn't mean you can compare to another age group."
While that means that it can't really be proven if Hankins is smarter than Einstein or Stephen Hawkings, (both actually were not even interested in taking an IQ test) the four-year-old has still earned herself a spot in Mensa.
"Mensa is open to people who score in the top 2 percent of any standardized test of intelligence (the group offers its own test and accepts scores from the 200 or so intelligence tests out there)," Yahoo news reported. "Victoria Liguez, the marketing coordinator for American Mensa, would not disclose numbers for how many children are members in the United States. But the youngest U.S. Mensa member, she said, is age 3."
What is even more shocking however, is that the unnamed child joined Mensa when she was only two.
According to Lawlis, despite these children having extraordinary IQs, most appear simply as average, everyday kids.
"A kid's intelligence is [often] invisible," Lawlis said. "You don't usually know what a kid knows unless you ask them. … It's more of a discovery of what a kid's brain is capable of responding to."